Day 64 of 70 - Starting the Last Week (10)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

With Week 9 behind me, it's time to look at some successes.

1) A steady calorie consumption pattern:

Total calories per day (average):
Wk1 - 1825
Wk2 - 1761
Wk3 - 1621
Wk4 - 1582
Wk5 - 1459
Wk6 - 1341 -- down 484 cals/day on average from Start
*Wk7 - 1472 -- creeping up!
*Wk8 - 1487 -- holding steady!
*Wk9 - 1435 -- holding steady!

While I don't like to see the turnaround in week 7 for a higher number, I *do* like the fact that the past 3 weeks have been consistent. For me, that means that I am now more comfortable and able to sustain The Diet. My 9-week average is 1554, which is only about 100 calories below my BMR, but the last 3 weeks is about 200 calories below. That will allow me a gradual but steady loss over time.

2) Inches gone since Start:
Waist -1.00 (want to lose 6 from starting point)
Hips -1.00 (want to lose 3.75)
Thighs -1.00 (want to lose 2)
Belly -1.75 (want to lose 8)
*These losses represent 5% off of my BLC starting measurements, and in total, I'm down 10% from my heaviest last June 2015

I am most definitely an 'apple' shape, carrying my fat around the middle, which is a huge health risk. In terms of percentage, I'm losing fat off my hips and thighs a lot faster than off my waist and belly. The funny thing is, that fat loss pattern makes my waist-to-hip ratio even worse than when I started! I'm certainly going to keep trying to lose weight, but I thought it was funny how the last place I put on the fat is the first place it seems to be coming off! Well folks, fat gone is fat gone, so let's keep pushing!

3) Met my goal of 67kg (approx 148; today was 147 lbs)

I love to see that little swimmer go past the goal line! Just had to snap a shot of my ticker, before I modify my goals.

Even though my calorie intake is a little higher, I feel that I'm more consistent now. I would love to lose an even 10 pounds in this 10-week challenge, but realistically, I might only drop a pound or even less in the final week. One thing is certain, though, and that is how tracking has helped me get to the point where I am. It is a slow process, but tracking gradually builds up an awareness of nutritional balance and calorie budgeting.

Good luck with Week 10 for all you Biggest Loser challenge team members!
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    Thanks BEACHTIME9! I try to go 'by the numbers' because they give me a more accurate picture. On those days when I look in the mirror and go 'ugh', it helps to see evidence of real progress. And it keeps me on a realistic path for setting new goals. Best of luck to you!
    1325 days ago
    Thank you FITBY2016 and LYNNSHIRLEY5514!
    @FITBY2016, the Biggest Loser challenge main page is at

    They're taking names for the Fall teams now, so go on over and find the signup thread (try this link)
    They'll put you on a team and send you an email in Spark Mail to let you know how to proceed. I highly recommend it!

    1325 days ago
    This is THE MOST informative, common sense, thought out, realistic calculated, blog post I have read in a long time. You are really on to something here and I applaud you and your approach to your weight loss, and fitness plan. Nice Work!!!
    1325 days ago
  • FITBY2016
    Great job. Where us the challenge group?
    1325 days ago
    Great accomplishments! Keep up the good work!
    1325 days ago
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